Kansas City Chiefs: Young receivers making their mark early

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Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Chris Conley
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Chris Conley. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

Kansas City Chiefs Young Receivers

Chris Conley – 3rd Year

With Jeremy Maclin no longer on the roster, the Kansas City Chiefs need a team leader at the wide receiver position. The early reports are that Chris Conley has stepped up into that role. That’s a good role for Conley who, despite his young age, has always come across as very professional and intelligent in his craft.

So far, Chris Conley has had a decent training camp. He hasn’t really stood out at all, but he hasn’t looked bad either. Conley has had some nice catches in various portions of workouts. It’s really the fact that he has taken on a leadership role that is important here though. The young receivers need someone to look to. That’s not something to downplay.

I can’t say that I’ve been a huge fan of Conley’s on the field. We haven’t seen a whole lot from the third year man from Georgia, even though he was a starter last year. I’m simply not sure that his talents are translating well in the Chiefs offense.

Last season, Chris Conley put up 530 yards on 69 receptions. However, he failed to find the endzone at all. That’s not an acceptable return on a starting receiver in the NFL. The Chiefs have to get more from Conley this year, or turn to someone else. Fortunately, Conley has the maturity to be able to accept a lesser on-field role if necessary.